Geographic Information System (GIS)/Cartographic Specialist

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Missoula County, Montana, US
Jul 21, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Panthera is a not-for-profit wildlife conservation organization focused on preserving the world's 40 wild cat species and the landscapes they inhabit. Based in Missoula MT, the applied science program provides support to Panthera staff and collaborators around the globe in modeling, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and conservation genetics. Panthera is currently seeking a GIS specialist with expertise spatial data management, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and cartographic design. Experience with Google Earth Engine, and other geospatial cloud-computing platforms is preferred. As an integral part of the applied science program the GIS/Cartographic Specialist will provide GIS analyses and cartographic products for a number of research programs.

The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of, and in cooperation with, Panthera's director of Applied Science. A large component of the position will be collaboration with Panthera biologists, communications and development staff in the development and implementation of innovative monitoring and analysis methods. The duties and responsibilities of this position include:
  • Work with Panthera's approximately 50 GIS users, managing Panthera's GIS licenses and resources (ArcGIS Desktop Advanced and ArcGIS Online).
  • Provide graphic representations of spatial data (i.e. maps, figures and charts) for scientific publications, popular media, and online content.
  • Compile and/or create accurate spatial covariate data from existing sources (including Google Earth Engine) for use in analysis by Panthera research scientists and collaborating agencies.
  • Work in collaboration with academic partners, including overseeing student volunteers in production of high-quality operational maps used for field research.
  • Provide trainings and advice for Panthera's field personal on the use of GIS data and methods.
  • Field varied, and sometimes urgent, requests for data, spatial analyses, and maps from Panthera personal.

  • Description:

    The successful candidate will have substantial experience using ArcGIS and other GIS software for data compilation, standardization, data management, and spatial analysis. Additionally, experience with geographic data mapping, and cartographic product design using Adobe Illustrator is required. The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's or Master's level education in one or more of the following disciplines: geography, GIS, environmental sciences, information technology, or other related disciplines. The candidate must also possess excellent written and oral skills, be highly organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, have the ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects, and have strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Geography, GIS, Environmental Science, or related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience with ESRI products suite, and other GIS software such as QGIS.
    • Experience developing and maintaining spatial databases, including data collected from handheld GPS units, CyberTracker and the SMART platform.
    • Knowledge of remote sensing theory and methods.
    • Experience with cartographic design using GIS software and Adobe Create Cloud.
    • Experience creating maps and other informational graphics to disseminate conservation data, programs, and initiatives to the general public.
    • Ability to work extended hours as needed to complete project deliverables.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Master's in Geography, GIS, Environmental Science, or related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience Google Earth Engine and/or other geospatial cloud computing technologies.
    • Familiarity with programming languages for geospatial analysis such as Python.
    • Experience with statistical & data visualization software such as R.
    • Ability to work with diverse cross-cultural teams.

    This position is based in Missoula, Montana.

    How to apply: Please submit applications through the Panthera Careers Page. Please upload your Cover letter, CV, and a portfolio of GIS analyses, maps, graphics and layouts you have produced in a single Word or PDF document. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Closing Date: The closing date for applications is Monday, August 2nd, or until a suitable candidate is found.


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